Bowen and Pilates - The perfect balance in holistic health and wellness.

Welcome to the Pilates and Bowen website by Samantha Palmby L3VTCT BTAA BAUK 


Both Joe Pilates and Tom Bowen were ahead of their time. Both were phenomenal geniuses creating their own brilliant and unique techniques. Tom Bowen developed a method, exploring ideas by addressing the body gently, manipulating fascia and structures such as tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscles. The “Bowen” technique gave opportunity to stimulate the bodys innate healing process, realign the body and generate relief from chronic pain and illnesses.

I believe both Pilates and Bowen offer a harmonic combination that may enhance body balance and pain relief.


Please follow the link for more information on Bowen Therapy.


 "Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness"   Joe Pilates


Pilates has become very popular over the years. It is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.The exercises can be layered according to fitness levels. They are slow, controlled and flowing, working all muscle groups leaving the body conditioned and balanced, and primarily strengthening the core muscles that stabilise the spine.


A healthy spine exhibits four natural curves. They increase the spines strength, help to maintain balance in an upright position, help protect the vertebral column from fracture and absorb shock from walking. Distortion of the natural curvature of the spine will create different posture types often caused by weak muscles, weak ligaments, genetics, injury and simply poor posture and so on.


Pilates helps to realign the body and helps correct postural problems, bringing mind and body together to create a body awareness.


Specific sports practised frequently create muscle imbalances, so what better way to include Pilates into your training regime and keep your whole body balanced and conditioned. Pilates prevents injury and will improve your sport performance. A huge number of elite atheletes and teams have incorporated Pilates into their exercise regimes.


Pilates is also a gentle excercise for those who need rehabilitation, helping you to develop a strong core and correct posture.


So if you are looking to improve your posture, ease back pain, strengthen your core and get rid of muscle imbalances or better your sport performance, Pilates is for you.


 "If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completley flexible at 60, you are young." - Joseph Pilates.


The Benefits of Pilates


Inspiring benefits of Pilates include:-

  • A gentle yet challenging method of exercise that connects mind and body
  • Improved posture
  • Injury prevention
  • Back care
  • Core stability
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Mobility
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Improved stamina and energy
  • Improved sports performance


The Fundamentals of Pilates

Pilates is an educational exercise program involving specific terminology, fundamentals, principles and basic concepts. These help make the exercises of Joseph Pilates unique.

Prior to starting a mat based Pilates class it is essential to set up the body and run through the fundamentals. These include general postural alignment and then specific alignment of shoulder stabilisation and neutral spinal alignment, activation of the transversus abdominis and pelvic floor muscles and lateral thoracic breathing. 

The Principles of Pilates


The work of Joseph Pilates is based on the following principles:-

  • Concentration
  • Breath
  • Centring
  • Precision
  • Flowing movement
  • Control   

The following have been added in recent years:

  • Awareness
  • Stamina
  • Relaxation
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